Ballina Coast and Hinterland is the complete package
If the latest holiday trend is to go retro and revisit places we went as children, then the Ballina Coast and Hinterland is surely top-of-mind. This picturesque area figures prominently in a generation of memories about the rite of passage known as the beach holiday. These memories, in many ways, are part of the Australian […]View page
Ballina Coast and Hinterland
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Ballina Coast & Hinterland
Centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond river lies Ballina, the heart of Ballina Coast & Hinterland on the north coast of NSW.
A pristine coastline
Ballina Coast and Hinterland boasts 32 kilometres of pristine coastline with sweeping beaches, world class surf and natural rockpools. An area blessed with natural beauty and an idyllic climate offering plenty to see and do, here you will discover the whole family can create legendary experiences! Accommodation options are endless, from hotels and motels to caravan and camping parks, B&Bs, guest houses and cottages.
We have easy access to World Heritage Listed National Parks where you can explore your sense of adventure in the lush subtropical rainforests and remnants of the old big scrub.
Our exciting events will immerse you in the local culture while our gourmet regional cuisine will make your mouth water and heart warm to life in the Northern Rivers. We are known for our laidback lifestyle, sense of fun and breadth of quality activities, eateries, arts and family oriented attractions. Spend time with us for an insight into how legendary life is on the Ballina Coast and Hinterland on your next holiday.
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Tourist Drives to dreamland
I read once that everyone has travelled some part of America’s Route 66 – “if only in their dreams”. In a way, the same goes for the Tourist Drives linking attractions on the beautiful Ballina Coast and Hinterland of Northern NSW. Besides acting as a convenient guidebook, these drives can also show visitors the countryside […]View page
Ballina Prawn Festival is a focus for community spirit
Witnessing community spirit is good for the soul. Two days on the Ballina Coast and Hinterland, listening to the locals talk with pride about their remarkable part of the world, has left an indelible mark. To say we’re impressed is an understatement. For us, it’s a bit like: “We’ll have whatever they’re all having”. Such […]View page
Ballina – Hinterland Way
Ballina, Skennars Head, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth
Tourist Drive 30 is a coastal drive from Ballina’s town centre and follows the river to the coast. It then takes one of the most scenic beach drives in this country to Lennox Head and continues north to Byron Bay.
Starting in River Street Shopping, River Street, Ballina you can pop in to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, visit the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, enjoy a free guided tour of the historic Ballina Manor or stretch the legs and enjoy a walk along Ballina’s Waterfront Heritage Trail.
Heading towards the coastline, over Missingham Bridge you have stunning views of the north and south breakwalls and the mouth of the Richmond River.
Lighthouse Beach is one of the most popular beaches, stroll along the North Wall and observe the Coast Guard, enjoy a coffee at the Surf Club and take in the views at Ballina Headland. You will see the lighthouse on the hill behind the lookout.
Stunning coastline will take you past Shelly Beach, Angels Beach, Flat Rock, Sharpes Beach & Boulders Beach all the way to Pat Morton Lookout which overlooks Lennox Point, one of the top ten surf breaks in Australia. Laid-back Lennox Head is a Mecca among surfers and along the Main Street you will find boutiques, funky cafes and restaurants and, just down the road, the tea-tree stained waters of Lake Ainsworth.
- Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, 8 Regatta Avenue, Ballina
- Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel, 25 Norton Street, Ballina
- Ballina Waterfront Heritage Trail, Fawcett Park, Ballina to North Wall, Ballina
- Richmond River, Ballina
- North Wall, Lighthouse Parade, Ballina
- Pat Morton Lookout, The Coast Road, Lennox Head
- Lake Ainsworth, Pacific Parade, Lennox Head
Ballina – Byron – Hinterland Way
Ballina – Lennox Head – The Macadamia Castle – Newrybar – Bangalow – Byron Bay
The Hinterland Way is a tourist route along the Old Pacific Highway, starting at Ewingsdale (the Byron Bay interchange) and following the Old Pacific Highway through to Ross Lane. It’s a visually stunning road which, for a long time, has been the battle ground of B double trucks and motorists travelling at top speed on a tight schedule between Brisbane and Sydney. Now that it’s the Hinterland Way motorists and cyclists alike can enjoy the beauty of the coastal and hinterland vistas as they meander along at a more leisurely pace.
Taking in the delights of village life on the North Coast of NSW, the Hinterland Way allows tourists to easily visit the increasingly popular spots of Bangalow, Newrybar and The Macadamia Castle where they can eat, play shop and relax. The Hinterland Way is a stepping-off point to many other remarkable destinations, such as the villages of Federal and Eltham, and attractions, such as The Crystal Castle and the Nightcap Ranges, which are now more accessible than ever.
Welcome to Bangalow, one of those country gems; a picturesque rural village with quiet parks and shady trees nestled against the Byron Creek which runs through the village. The main street is a heritage listed precinct with tall verandah buildings, some brick, some timber but all steeped in a documented history painstakingly preserved by the local historical society. Restuarants, cafes, art galleries and antique shops now occupy the old banks and drapery stores. The Billycart Derby, held on the third Sunday in May each year, commandeers the main street of Bangalow to enable billycarts of all shapes, sizes and varying speed abilities to careen down the main street hill. If you happen to be in Bangalow in November you must visit the Bangalow Show. Very much part of the history of the town, the Show is about agriculture, showcasing poultry and animals, quirky races (think ride on lawn mowers racing around the showground!) incredible horsemanship displays and rodeo riding, as well as produce and baking competitions and craft displays. On the fourth Sunday of each month Bangalow comes alive to the huge market in the leafy showgrounds. Perhaps the most popular market on the North Coast.
There are many festivals throughout the year such as the Bangalow Music Festival (an event which attracts international stars to the acclaimed acoustics of the beautifully resorted A&I Hall). Sample Food festival, BBQ and Bluegrass Festival and the hugely popular Christmas Eve Carnival. Bangalow has become famous not only for its shady trees and grassy enclosures, it also showcases the best of the region’s art, craft and produce.
The historic village of Newrybar is home to the historic and oldest bakery in Australia that incorporates an award winning eatery Harvest Café. Harvest Café combines stunning contemporary cuisine with a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Next door houses a glorious deli, filled with delicious treats. Driftlab and Newrybar Merchants are a collective of the region’s creative local artisans and curators, making a stop at Newrybar well worth your while.
The Macadamia Castle is a North Coast icon. It is full of surprises for all ages. Free entry to the Castle where you cn try Macadamia nuts, visit the cafe for high quality local meals, enjoy their pancake menu and visit the retail emporium. In the Animal park you get to see Australian Wildlife up close and experience the interactive keeper talks, free flight bird show, bunny petting, mini golf and train ride – something for everyone.
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Broadwater is a quiet oasis where visitors can stop and rest by the Richmond River, browse in the antiques shops or continue on into the Broadwater National Park, which is home to a variety of bird life and unique wilderness. Broadwater also has top boating and skiing facilities.
Situated on the Pacific Highway just north of Evans Head and 15 minutes drive south from Ballina, Broadwater is adjacent to the Broadwater National Park and is central to several coastal beaches and the beautiful hinterland.Add to my itineraryView on map
Simon Baker – Actor & Director
Simon Baker is best known in the lead role of “The Mentalist” but was known affectionately as “Smiley” by the locals when he was a student at Ballina High School as a teenager and his smile is certainly recognised by his many adoring fans.
Life on the Ballina Coast & Hinterland was a laid back affair where he enjoyed his school years and spent time surfing competitively and playing water polo and his love and fond memories of the area remain. He is a highly successful Actor and Director with his career starting out when he was known as Simon Denny in the late 80s and in the 90s starred in E-Street, Home & Away and Heartbreak High.